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Should smoking be banned in all public places?

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So the ban is three-years-old and the signs, health wise, are good. Heart attacks are down an incredible 40% and people will live longer because of that, some 40,000 people giving up smoking in the last year alone, according to the NHS own quit smoking scheme. But the Accident & Emergency departments ... Read review

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Anti-smokers hate the people who smoke, not smoking. Review with images

AdvantagesSmokers bring in big tax

DisadvantagesAlcohol is far worse

"...that's the case. In fact should we be advertising cigarettes that way at all on ciao? An investigation on the BBC, headed by that bloke from Dragons Den, found sales of cigarettes to under-age kids has increased an incredible 50% here. The tobacco companies are not going down without a fight it seems. One retailer in five was found to be breaking the law in an underground operation run by Trading Standards, which if we are honest is nothing new, ..." Read review
25.08.2010

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Community Level 6kelr101

kelr101

Freedom of choice

AdvantagesSocial Pleasures, Relaxing Aid

DisadvantagesHealth Risks - Cancer, Stale Smoke Stinks

"Should smoking be banned in public places? *Argument for a total ban* In November 2004, The Scientific Committee on Tobacco and Health (SCOTH) reported that exposure to second hand smoke (or passive smoking - Passive smoking is defined as breathing in other people’s smoke) was a serious risk to non-smokers. They report indicated that the chances of a non-smoker contracting lung and heart disease were increased by about 24%. This estimate was ..." Read review
24.03.2005

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Protect the innocent

AdvantagesA lot of people would be a lot healthier

DisadvantagesHow difficult would it be to enforce?

"...that, but children, who really should have the right to clean fresh air. Smokers however do have an inalienable right (unfortunately) to smoke in public, and I find this hypocritical also, I mean, drinking alcohol, though socially acceptable, is banned on our streets, so why not smoking? I'm not entirely sure of the facts, but I believe no one ever died of passive drinking did they? I'm not going to get all evangelical about it (like most newly ..." Read review
25.09.2004

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Smoke gets in your eyes...

AdvantagesWill lead to less people smoking , will protect workers

DisadvantagesLoss of freedom of choice

"...have to be protected, people should have a right to choose to do what they want even if this is to some extent dangerous to their own health. I'm not just talking about smoking specifically but other 'dangerous' activities like mountaineering, paragliding or horse riding (statistically is the most dangerous participation sport accounting for many deaths every year). The point is that just because some activity is or could be detrimental to a person's ..." Read review
07.11.2006

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Community Level 5sheri3004

sheri3004

An important step forward for Scotland

AdvantagesA reduction in death and ill-health associated with passive smoking

DisadvantagesEnforcement may prove difficult

"...for why I think smoking should be banned in public places. I live in Scotland, where a smoking ban has already been agreed and will be implemented on March 26 2006, under the Smoking, Health and Social Care (Scotland) Act 2005. I'm delighted that this legislation has been passed and feel that it does reflect a progressive approach to the issue and a genuine concern for public health on the part of the Scottish Executive. Why is a ban necessary? ..." Read review
15.11.2005

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